African Peer Review Mechanism assesses Benin in 2008 
APA-Cotonou (Benin)
In 2008, Benin was the sixth African country to be assessed by its peers thanks to a clear political will and the prompt setting up of a strategy to manage the national process of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

"In January 2008, at the eighth forum of the heads of state and government participating in the APRM held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Benin submitted its assessment report to peers who gave it a good mark on the progress made so far," President Yayi Boni's diplomatic adviser, Mariam A. Boni Diallo, told APA.

With this success, she continued, Benin has become the most consulted by countries willing to engage or already engaged in the process of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

"In this regard, Benin received visits of delegations from Niger and Congo Brazzaville, who came to learn from its experience," she said.
In addition to these consultations with countries willing to engage in the APRM, Benin was also appointed in June 2008, at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, to host the first session of the APRM.

To this end, a dozen African heads of state and government came to Cotonou in October to attend the first extraordinary forum of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

"Cotonou's meeting follows the 9th APRM summit held on 29 June 2008 at Sharm El Sheikh, in Egypt", President Yayi Boni's diplomatic adviser said.

According to her, during the 9th summit, the participating heads of state and governments had decided to hold a special session to further discuss the evaluation report of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which was suspended for agenda reasons.

Burkina Faso's report would also be considered while addressing the other agenda items," Boni Diallo said.

During the Cotonou sessions, the heads of state and government and members of the APRM, actually examined the reports of Nigeria and Burkina Faso, who have completed their evaluation processes, the issue relating to the renewal of half the panel's members ruled out by the APRM 8th summit.

She also emphasized that the choice of Benin to host the event was recognition of the country's democratic progress and quality of the evaluation report.

An action plan from the APRM assessment recommended a financial commitment to the tune of $2.3 million or about 1,000 billion CFA francs over the period 2008-2015.

The APRM is an instrument of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), which the African Union member countries have joined voluntarily.

The aim is to adopt policies, standards and practices with a view to promoting African political stability through democracy and political governance, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration.

Twenty nine countries are members of the APRM Forum. Nine sessions of the Forum have already been held and resulted in the assessment and adoption of 9 reports on Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, Algeria, Benin, Uganda, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

2008-12-29 09:21:31

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